Policies

Admission Expectation

Religious formation is the primary reason for a Catholic school and it should be the primary reason for sending your child to Our Lady of Lourdes School. Religious formation can only be effective with your example, which means that the parents/guardians take religion seriously and practice faithfully. All parents/guardians and students enrolled in Our Lady of Lourdes School must support the values we strive to teach and show respect for members of the school community.

Admission Requirement

Our Lady of Lourdes School retains the right to set admissions standards and policies in addition to those specified in the Handbook of Policies.

Ordinarily, admission to Our Lady of Lourdes School carries with it the understanding that the student will be retained until the 8th grade unless that student withdraws voluntarily, gives, has given, or is given cause for dismissal. No student shall be admitted unconditionally to Our Lady of Lourdes School unless he/she has a reasonable well-founded hope of successfully completing that school’s program. In doubtful cases, students may be admitted on a probationary basis with criteria for evaluation and reporting clearly established in writing.

Our Lady of Lourdes begins the enrollment process in the spring for the new school year. All applications are reviewed by the administration. On approval of administration, current students will be invited back for the next school year based on the standards of admission. Any new student seeking admission will be tested and the previous school will be contacted.

A child must be 3 years old by September 1st to be admitted to the Jr.Kindergarten class. A child must be five years on or before the 1st of September to be admitted to Kindergarten. A child must be six on or before the 1st September to be admitted to the First Grade.

For the admission of a Jr.Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or First grade child, parents/guardians are required to present for the child:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Baptismal certificate
  3. Mandated health assessment form
  4. Proof of compliance with immunization requirements

For the admission of students beyond the First Grade, parent/guardians are required to present for the child:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Baptismal certificate
  3. Mandated health assessment form
  4. Proof of compliance with immunization requirements
  5. Last report card and standardized test scores
  6. Proper transfer or some appropriate notification from the previous school

 

Admission Grant Policies

Although special consideration will be given to siblings of students currently enrolled in Our Lady of Lourdes School in any category, no student is automatically accepted. Actual admission is determined by these categories:

  • Supporting Parishioners
    • Annual tithing to their parish of a minimum of $300.
    • Active participation in parish ministries.
    • Regular attendance at Mass
  • Families transferring from other Catholic Schools
    • Have just cause for transfer (moving)
    • Left in good standing-report cards/conduct, completed financial/obligations
  • Non-Supporting Catholics/Non-Catholics


Admission Standards

Our Lady of Lourdes School will accept any child for whom an appropriate program can be designed and implemented, following the enrollment procedures. Each child’s admission and continued enrollment is based upon the emotional, academic, and physical needs of the child, and the resources available to Our Lady of Lourdes School in meeting those needs. The final decision in this matter is made by the administration in collaboration with the child’s teacher and the leadership team. Enrollment is on a one-year probationary period to be reviewed after every 6-8 week period or at the discretion of the administration.

Admission of new families and continued enrollment of current families will be determined by the following:

  • Parents/Guardians value our Catholicity and support the Church’s traditions and practices
  • Parents/Guardians/Students exhibit conduct becoming Our Lady of Lourdes School
  • Parents/Guardians/Students cooperate with and support administration, faculty, and staff
  • Parents/Guardians/Students actively participate in events and activities
  • Tuition and fees paid as due and remain current
  • PIP points and other obligations are completed
  • Academic performance of the student

 

Students with Learning Difficulties

Our Lady of Lourdes School will accept a child for whom an appropriate program can be designed and implemented following its prescribed enrollment procedures. Each child’s admission and continued enrollment in our school is based upon the emotional, academic, and physical needs of the child, and the resources available to Our Lady of Lourdes School in meeting those needs. The final decision in this matter is made by the administration in collaboration with the child’s teacher and the leadership team. Enrollment is on a one-year probationary period to be reviewed after every 6-8 week period or at the discretion of the administration.
Upon enrollment, parent/guardians are responsible for reporting and providing documents of special education needs. Lack of divulging this information could jeopardize this probationary status.

Preference for Catholic Students
The schools of the Diocese of San Bernardino are established as religious schools; therefore, preference in admissions shall be given to contributing members of the Diocesan Catholic community. In the case of parish elementary schools, preference shall be given to the admission of children of parents/guardians actively engaged in the parish. Therefore, at Our Lady of Lourdes School, preference is given to:

  • Families registered in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, San Secondo D’Asti Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Peter and St. Paul Parish, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.
  • Families who financially support the parish at which they are registered and have a letter from their parish as proof of regular contributions.

No one shall be admitted as a student in Our Lady of Lourdes School unless that child and the parent/guardian subscribe to our philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of our school and the diocese.


Non-Discriminatory Statement

Our Lady of Lourdes School, as all Catholic schools within the Diocese of San Bernardino, shall adhere strictly to a policy of sexual and racial non-discrimination that states: “The schools of the Diocese of San Bernardino admit students of any sex, race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the respective schools. These schools do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered program.